Inducted into the A.M.A.H.O.F.(Inc) for 2016
Martial Artist of the Year – Karate/Kenjutsu

Inducted into the W.K.U.H.O.F. for 2016
Martial Artist of the Year – Karate/Kenjutsu


Go Forth and Conquer

Doug Spear, born on 24 August, 1968, is a seasoned martial artist, fitness, and movement coach, and a skilled guitarist. His martial arts journey began in Perth in 1982, and since then, Doug has evolved into a multifaceted professional.

In addition to being a dedicated martial artist, Doug has been a professional firefighter with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services of Western Australia since 1992.

With his martial arts passion ignited, Doug was inspired to open his first dojo in 1987 alongside his brother, Wayne Spear.

Over the years, Doug has earned black belts in various martial arts styles and instructor rankings in Combative Self-Defense, Animal Flow Level Two (Primal and Animal Moves), and fitness movement systems (Personal and Group Training). Doug’s journey extends beyond traditional martial arts, delving into Eastern Philosophy with studies at The University of Western Australia.

His diverse competitive experience includes participation in karate, full-contact kickboxing, Iaido, Kendo, Shoot-Boxing (now developed as Mixed Martial Arts), Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments both locally and internationally.

Doug’s coaching journey includes mentorship from renowned figures such as Jean Marie Frecon (Global Systema), Taira Masaaji (Okinawa Goju Karate), Marcus Udsen Grandjean (Move Copenhagen), Alex Kostic (Systema Homo Ludens), Steve Nedelkos (Goju Karate), Peter James (WA School of Japanese Swordsmanship), Justin Boylan (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate), John Donehue (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), John Siebet (Judo) – deceased, Rod Stroud (Zen Do Kai Karate), Bob Jones (Zen Do Kai Karate), Ramon Lawrence (Setei Iaido), Terrence Bridgeman (Bridgeman Savate), Richard Norton (Zen Do Kai Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Dave Hedgecock (Boxing and Kickboxing), Tony Carrol (Matayoshi Shuhari Kobudo), Dimitris Psomas (Former Greece Freestyle Wrestling National Coach), Al Landy (WA Freestyle Wrestling State Coach ), Luis-Marc Bruneau Dumoulin (Handstand and Circus Performer) Jozef and Linda Frucek (Fighting Monkey), Nat Amar (Stick Mobility Australia), Mike Fitch (Animal Flow) and Ido Portal (Ido Portal Method). Doug’s continuous pursuit of knowledge and expertise exemplifies his dedication to the martial arts and movement arts community.

As a seasoned instructor and demonstrator, Doug has shared his expertise in martial arts, animal flow, and athletic movement at various international locations and events, including Venice (Italy), Copenhagen (Denmark), Moscow (Russia), and more. His commitment to expanding his knowledge has taken him across the globe, where he competed and instructed at national and international tournaments, learning from some of the world’s best martial artists and movement specialists.

In 2016, Doug was proudly inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inc. and the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, recognizing his continuous service, outstanding contributions to martial arts development, and achievements as a martial artist and instructor.


  • 7th Degree Black Belt Karate Kyoshi – Freestyle Martial Arts
  • 6th Degree Black Belt – Muay Thai Kickboxing – Master Instructor – Bob Jones Martial Arts
  • 5th Degree Black Belt, Kenjutsu Kyoshi – WA School of Japanese Swordsmanship – Peter James
  • 4th Degree Black Belt – probationary Krav Maga – Senior instructor – Bob Jones Martial Arts
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Mixed Martial Arts, Master Instructor – Australian Mixed Martial Arts- Justin Boylan
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt Setei Iaido – Sensei, Australian Kendo Remnei Association(Japanese Swordsmanship)
  • Sensei – Ramon Lawrence (OAM)
  • Black Belt – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach, John Donehue Jiu Jitsu and MMA
  • Savate Résistance Instructor – Bridgeman Savate
  • 1st Degree Black Belt -Shoot-Wrestling Instructor, (BJC) – Rod Stroud
  • Goju Practitioner – Gojuryu Kenkyukai, Tiara Sensei
  • Shuhari Matayoshi Kobudo – practitioner UWA
  • Founder of Budo Ryu Martial Arts Academy 1987
  • Co-Founder Executive Samurai -Business and Health with Dr Simon Carlin
  • Combative Self Defense, Instructor -International College of Martial Arts – Damian Martin
  • Accredited Trainer, Judge and Referee – WA Combat Sports Commission
  • Certificate IV in Fitness – Australian Institute of Fitness
  • Qualified Masseur -Discovery Massage
  • Animal Flow Level 2 Instructor – Global Bodyweight Training- Mike Fitch
  • Level 1 Accredited Coaching Course – Australian Sport and Recreation
  • Master Personal Trainers Course – Australian Institute of Fitness
  • Level 1 and 2 Smart (Swiss) Ball Course – Australian Institute of Fitness
  • Gym Instructor Qualified – Australian Institute of Fitness
  • Fitness Leader Qualified – Australian Institute of Fitness
  • Stick Mobility Level 2 Coach – Stick Mobility Australia
  • Advanced Resuscitation and Senior First Aid Qualified – St John Ambulance
  • Working with Children Accreditation – Department of Justice
  • Senior organizer of the Zen Do Kai Karate State Martial Arts and Training Camps (2011-2014)
  • Bronze Medallion-Australian Surf Life Saving Association – 1990
  • Certificate 1V in Workplace Training and Assessing
  • Certificate II in Security operations


  • World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee – 2016
  • Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inc. Inductee  – 2016 Kenjutsu / Karate
  • Karate Kumite Bronze Medalist- World Police and Fighters Games 2013 – Dublin Ireland
  • Western Australian Firefighters of the Year, 2012 Finalist – Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Karate Kumite Bronze Medalist – World Police and Fire-fighter Games 2009 – Vancouver, Canada
  • Karate Kumite Bronze Medalist – World Fire-fighter Games 1998 – Durban, South Africa
  • Judo Club State Perth Titles Champion, Senior Division 1996 – Judo Australia
  • Black Belt Zen Do Kai Novice Division Winner 1987, Sparring, Kata and Combat, Perth
  • Student of the year 1985 – WA State Zen Do Kai Karate

Professional Achievements

  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services since 1992
  • Professional Fire-Fighter, {Station Officer)
  • Firefighter of the Year finalist – 2012
  • Western Australian Career Fire Service and Rescue Awards
  • Nomination – Vehicle Rescue and Safety within the community.